Thursday, July 8, 2010

War Is Making Us Poor

"The War Is Making You Poor Act makes sense for American taxpayers," says E.D. Kain, writing for the National Review Online (!) about the bill "which would carve out $159 billion of pork from the defense budget and give 90 percent of that money back to taxpayers" — Let’s Cut Defense Spending. "For fiscal conservatives, this should be a welcome piece of legislation," says Mr. Kain. But he goes further.

Reminding us that "President Eisenhower warned Americans of the emerging military-industrial complex a half-century ago," he asks a series of questions: "So why do Americans insist on spending so much money on defense? Do we need to spend nearly $1 trillion per year to maintain our security? How much of that money is actually used to keep Americans safe?"

He later writes, "Americans provide defense for Europe and much of Asia, allowing Europeans to spend almost nothing on defense while spending lavish amounts on generous entitlement programs. And it is not at all clear that these countries actually want our military bases anymore."

Alas, Mr. Kain does argue that "with non-state actors such as al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups still active, two wars still burning, and uncertainty in North Korea and Iran, having a modern, well-equipped military is important and necessary," but, as Isolationism might be too much of a jump for the NRO, a hint at even Political Realism is welcome.

[link via Vox Nova]

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Abdul Alhazred said...

Eisenhower: a truly underrated U.S. prez!

I want t-shirts of Eisenhowever, done in the style of Obama's campaign poster, with this slogan:

IKE WE COULD BELIEVE IN

10:06 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

That's good. Here's another:

http://www.eisenstadtgroup.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/11/firstblacklogo.jpg

10:47 AM  

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